Two more races to go on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar. With a total of 241 points, Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura head the GTD standings. However, the championship has yet to be decided and the Ansbach-born driver is focusing on securing as many points as possible at Laguna Seca.
“Of course, winning is always a great feeling, but with our eyes on the championship, we can’t take too big a risk”, Farnbacher explains. “Our main aim is to cross the line and score points. The circuit should suit our car, last year the team did a great job with the Acura at Laguna Seca.”
In the past, the 27-year-old has proved he’s also more than able to cope with the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and secured pole and lap record in conjunction with the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge. At the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, he celebrated a start-finish-victory in the Alex Job Racing Team Porsche and a year earlier, the Franconian clinched a third place on the rostrum.
After eight race weekends, Farnbacher and Hindman lie 37 points ahead of the runners up and 38 points in front of the third-placed drivers. In view of a maximum 70 awardable points in the final two races, tension remains high in the title fight.
“Our position before those two races is a good one. We’re top of the standings and have kept well ahead of our competitors, but we’ll have to watch out for the #9 Porsche and the #96 BMW. Focus is definitely on our performance though. We must be very consistent and will need a spot in the top 8”, says Farnbacher.
Green flag for the penultimate race of the season is on Sunday, 15 September at 15:05 local time (00:05 CEST). The race will be broadcast as a livestream available on the official website.